By Darren G. Poley, theology and religious studies subject librarian
If you were to search by subject in Falvey’s catalog using the term “Feminist theology,” it would be clear that this is a subject heading which will give good results—too many perhaps. So using a more specific descriptor such as “Ecofeminism” or “Womanist theology” may be the way to go. One can also find additional materials by searching a related subject term. Some examples are “Liberation theology,” “Feminist ethics,” “Feminism Religious aspects,” “Women and religion” and “Women’s studies.”
Although the New Catholic Encyclopedia has an article on “Feminist Hermeneutics,” to find works of biblical interpretation by feminist authors it is better to use the subject phrase: “Bible Feminist criticism.” And instead of Latina theology use the broader subject heading: “Hispanic American theology.”
What about searching databases for articles? When searching in the ATLA Religion database, ProQuest Central, JSTOR or Humanities Full Text database, the search phrase “Feminist theology” will work very well. When searching Project Muse, enter the terms “Feminism” and “Theology” using the AND operator to combine them.
There are also some very good handbooks in the Falvey West stacks: The Oxford handbook of feminist theology, Handbook of Latina/o theologies and Handbook of gender and women’s studies. Falvey has The Cambridge companion to feminist theology available in both print and online formats.
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